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IBE Director

Mr. Yao Ydo was appointed Director at UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) in 2021.

Mr. Yao Ydo was appointed Director at UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) in 2021. Prior to joining the IBE, Mr. Ydo worked with UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Abuja where he served as the Regional Director, representing the organization at the regional, national and international levels.

With over 24 years of wide experience within the UN system, Mr. Ydo began his career at the Headquarters of UNESCO, Paris, in the Basic Education and Literacy Section in 1997 as an Associate Expert. His extensive hands-on experience in education includes a variety of education posts at UNESCO Field Offices in Mali, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), and Senegal. In his various functions, Mr. Ydo acquired experience in the development of partnerships and resource mobilization from development banks, private sector, UN agencies, and Governments (self-benefiting funds). His efficiency and dynamism enabled him to move up from programme specialist to managerial functions, including the UNESCO Representative to Côte d’Ivoire and the Regional Director of UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for West Africa in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr. Ydo holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Didactics from the University of Grenoble, France, a postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies from the Centre of Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris, and a Master's degree in English from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.